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Ninety Five delegates attended the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board, Working Together to Challenge Neglect Conference held at the Shire Hall, Hereford, on Thursday 03 May 2018. Feedback from delegates about the day was very positive.

Sally Halls (Independent Chair) of the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board welcomed the delegates and half a dozen agencies that attended with information stands. Keynote speakers were; Phil Raws, from the Children’s Society, who spoke about adolescent neglect, Susannah Bowyer, from Research in Practice, who discussed the link between neglected children and child sexual exploitation/ abuse, and, following lunch, Ane Freed-Kernis presented her thought provoking session on Practice Lessons from Serious Case Reviews.

Three workshops were offered during the afternoon titled; ‘Engaging with Children and Families’, ‘Identification and Assessment of Neglect – Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) and its use in Herefordshire’, and a session by young people from the Council for Children presented “Neglect – Our Stories”.

The Conference was closed by the young people providing their advice to delegates. Sally Halls thanked the Council for Children for their powerful messages, and reinforced the need for Herefordshire to work together to tackle child neglect.

The speakers' presentations are available for you to access below:

Bill Joyce - Engagement and working with families and children

Bill Joyce - Workshop handouts :-

Phil Raws - Presentation HSCB Neglect conference

Phil Raws - Understanding adolescent neglect presentation - online resources

Susannah Bowyer - Neglect, Sexual Harm and Abuse - Powerpoint presentation

Ane Freed-Kernis - Presentation handout:-




HSCB are supporting National CSE Awareness Day

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

HSCB have compiled a National CSE Awareness Day communications pack for partner agencies.  This includes awareness raising posters and literature.

HSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Comms Pack

Where incidences of child sexual exploitation are uncovered in Herefordshire, immediate action must be taken to involve the police and make an urgent referral to children’s social care to safeguard the child or children involved. Details of how to do this can be found on our Worried about a child? page.

You can download the multi-agency Child Sexual Exploitation Pre-checklist and guidance for professionals. The purpose of the pre-checklist is to enable professionals to assess a child's level of risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in a quick and consistent manner. The pre-checklist can be applied to all children (male and female) under the age of 18 years. This pre-checklist is to be used by anyone who has a concern that a child may be being sexually exploited.

Procedures, including invite request forms and agendas can be found here

 Below are some useful resources for schools and FE colleges.  There are also useful links to assist parents through this difficult time.

CSE BAIT Resource for Secondary Schools and FE Colleges

The BAIT resource pack has been specifically designed for use by secondary schools and FE Colleges, targeted at 14 -17 year old students, to raise awareness and understanding of the dangers of Child Sexual Exploitation.  The BAIT resource pack, which includes a DVD and work book, has been distributed to secondary schools and FE colleges in Herefordshire.  Please click on the image below to access the online resource pack.

Alright Charlie? - CSE Resource for Primary Schools

This resource is designed for use with children aged 9-11 in primary schools and aims to highlight the warning signs of grooming in an age appropriate way.  The resource was designed in consultation with CSE professionals, primary schools teachers and children in years 5 and 6 in primary schools. The resource is accessible to girls AND boys with the viewer never discovering Charlie's gender.
The work book and teacher guidance to accompany the resource is available to download for free from the Blast website. Its is very important the teacher guidance is read before delivering the session.

Alright Charlie

Impact of sexual exploitation on families

Impact of sexual exploitation on families

Sexual exploitation can have a significant impact on families and can affect their health, work life, family relationships, economic stability and social life. Parents and carers often feel distraught, traumatised and guilty for not having protected their children from being sexually exploited. The stress of the situation can limit their capacity to respond to the needs of their children and to deal with crises that occur following the exploitation. The sexual exploitation of one child in the family can place other siblings at significant risk of being groomed and exploited too.

Parents against sexual exploitation (Pace) works with parents and carers of children who are, or are at risk of, being sexually exploited by perpetrators outside the family. Pace offers guidance and training to professionals on how CSE affects the whole family.

For more information on agencies that could provide support to families of a CSE victim, see:

Below is a link to a great tool aimed at young people regarding having to attend court as a witness.  This is on a site called You&Co - a victim support site aimed at young people.

This sort of reassurance before attendance at court could build confidence ( and be done in company of a carer or Parent / Guardian at home) and assist in the retention of young victims or witnesses willing to attend court by building their confidence around the processes and official people within the court.

National experiences and specific local intelligence highlight the need for the continued prioritisation of Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking as a key priority action area for Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board.  Our Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy has so far resulted in:

  • increased awareness across the children’s workforce of the issue and the actions to take to protect children;
  • a better understanding of what sexual exploitation looks like in Herefordshire and therefore a more comprehensive understanding of how to tackle this further;
  • and  an increase in service provision for victims and perpetrators.

Meanwhile, our commitment to develop the children's workforce continues through specific training made available at all levels of our Training Strategy and is supported by the Board's Signs and Indicators guide which we expect to be displayed for all staff across all organisations working with children and young people in the County. 


*Update 21 Dec 2017 - the following DFE guidance was published on 14 December 2017.  Practitioners may wish to refer to the DFE national guidance if the abuse has occurred in the school or college setting. 

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

The Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children. This covers: what is meant by “sexual violence and harassment between children”; schools’ and colleges’ legal responsibilities; the importance of having a whole school or college approach; how to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment; safeguarding and supporting all children involved. The NSPCC has also published a CASPAR briefing summarising the key points from the document.

Source: DfE summary of Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges Date:14 December 2017

Further information: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges: advice for governing bodies, proprietors, headteachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads (PDF)

NSPCC CASPAR briefing: Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

Spotlight on Child Neglect…….

The Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) Business Plan 2017/19 states that work is required to identify and deal with childhood neglect.

As a positive step forward the Board has purchased the NSPCC tool - Graded Care Profile 2.

About GCP2

GCP2 is an assessment tool that supports practitioners to make a judgement about whether or not parental care is neglectful. The tool helps practitioners to measure the quality of care given to a child, and make it easier for professionals to spot when sub-optimal parenting is putting a child at risk of harm.

Book your place on the Neglect & GCP2 Training via CPD Online

Neglect & Graded Care Profile 2 Information


The Silent Victim 2 Conference 

will be taking place on the 24 November 2017

The following topics will be covered:

  • White Ribbon Day
  • Herefordshire Domestic Homicide Reviews
  • DVA with additional vulnerabilities
  • Young Offenders and Domestic Violence
  • DVA Teenagers 16-18 years
  • Lucy SCR (Gloucester)

 More Information will follow shortly

NOW LIVE! -  NEW HSCB multi-agency policies and procedures manual

The new Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board multi-agency policies and procedures manual is now available on the new West Midlands Safeguarding Children Procedures website. Please click the link to access the website.

Update 07/12/16

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) has today published the Serious Case Review Overview Report on Family HJ which can be found on the following page:

Tackling CSE Conference 27th April 2016

HSCB held a multi agency conference on 27th April at the Hereford Academy, which over 100 frontline practitioners attended.  The key note speakers were Dr Peter Unwin, Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester, spoke about the perceptions of CSE in a Rural County , and Lorin LaFave (pictured below), mother of 14 year old  Surrey school boy, Breck Bednar, who was groomed and murdered by an online predator. Lorin gave a very powerful talk out about Breck's tragic death to raise awareness of the dangers online. Her speech was also filmed by a Channel 5 production company for a series of documentaries which was shown in June/July 2016 titled "Kids that Kill".

Delegates had the choice of  two workshops from the list below, to assist learning in order to keep the children we work with safe from sexual exploitation. 

  • Local Pathways and Tools – Children’s Social Care
  • Sexting/E-Safety -  West Mercia & Warwickshire Police
  • UK Child Trafficking -  Mike Hand, National Human Trafficking Expert
  • Understanding Consent – West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
  • Drugs and Alcohol Misuse and CSE–  Addaction

For further information on Child Sexual Exploitation, please visit  our CSE page.

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